Janna Pelle

FRESH: ‘Died Trying’ – Janna Pelle

Janna Pelle releases the video for “Died Trying”.

by Christopher Smith

How do we learn to embrace the inevitability of death from a place of love and warm color? Janna Pelle’s new music video for “Died Trying” may just show us how. “Died Trying” is a visual remix of the concepts of mortality and grief. Directed by Audrey Lorea, the video embraces a Dia De Los Muertos theme and transplants it into a space-age mid-century-art infused video collage.

The beautifully shot video shows us the boundlessness of space intercut with images of Janna Pelle singing the lyrics directly at the audience, daring them to join her celebration of life by dancing through the graveyard.

Janna Pelle has been described as “the lovechild of Lady Gaga and Fiona Apple with the alter-ego of David Byrne”. She was born in Miami, FL and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Aside from those artists already mentioned, Janna cites her influences as coming from Marina and The Diamonds and Aldonza/Dulcinea from Don Quixote Man of La Mancha.

The track is taken from her third studio album “Voice Memo” released last year and is the follow up to “Key Change” (2016) and her debut long player “Shameless Self-Promotion” in 2012. Janna also released the EP “The Show Must Go On” in 2014.

For more about Janna, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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